Stereotyping blonde women as pretty yet dumb creatures has long been a part of our pop culture, but a new research has revealed that there is no scientific substance behind this long held belief.
The notion of blonde women being less intelligent than brunettes first emerged in 1775 through a French courtesan named Rosalie Duthe, who was irresistibly beautiful, but a bit of an airhead.
A notorious habit of hers was to take uncomfortably long pauses before saying something, which made her look stupid in front of an audience. She happened to have fair hair, and this is how the whole blond being dumb stereotype was born.
However, a research team from Stanford University has come forward to dismiss this perception regarding blonde women, saying that the DNA letter that divides the two hair types has absolutely nothing to do with brain or IQ.
Their findings show that the only difference between blonde and brunette women is of a single 'letter' of DNA that is capable of affecting only the hair pigmentation and nothing else.
"The genetic mechanism that controls blond hair doesn’t alter the biology of any other part of the body," said lead researcher Professor David Kingsley, whose study has been published in the journal Nature Genetics."
While research to free yellow-haired women of this stereotype is a good thing, it only validates what online intellectuals had been saying for a number of years. Over the past few decades, numerous cases of smart blondes and dumb brunettes have been witnessed. Here are some of them:
Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin
The blonde on the left has carved out a successful political career for herself despite her husband's public infidelities. The brunette on the right once infamously pardoned a turkey for Thanksgiving while others of its species were slaughtered in the background. Her gaffes and lies are collectively known as Palinism.
Reese Witherspoon and Kim Kardashian
On the left is an Academy Award-winning blonde who attended Stanford University as an English literature major. The one on the other side is a socialite who one famously said: "I hate when women wear the wrong foundation color, it might be the worst thing on the planet when they wear their makeup too light."
Mira Sorvino and Kristen Stewart
In 1989, the blonde on the left graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with a degree in East Asian Studies. The brunette on the right was barely able to finish high school and has a notorious public speaking problem. She also had an affair with a married man Rupert Sanders while dating Robert Pattinson – one of the hottest men on the planet. That's not very brunette-like.